August 18, 2017 Update

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly convened this week to considered plans to revamp Illinois’ school funding formula.  In a rare Sunday session, the Illinois Senate voted 38-19 to override Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB 1, the evidenced based school funding model passed at the end of the Spring Legislative Session.  The Illinois Senate also approved a back-up plan for education funding on HB3163 (Manley/Manar) which was amended to include the identical language of SB 1 as it was sent to the Governor.  The Senate sponsor wants to use HB3163 to keep the underlying language of SB 1 alive pending further negotiations.  Meanwhile, the Illinois House convened Wednesday but did not consider a veto override vote of SB 1 at that time. Instead, the House voted on an amendment to SB 1947 (Collins/Currie) which incorporated Governor Rauner’s SB 1 amendatory veto language.  That amendment failed, not receiving any yes votes. During debate on the bill, Democrats argued the amendatory veto language is bad for Illinois’ schools while Republicans argued the vote was merely political theater. The legislative leaders are scheduled to meet today to discuss education funding reform.  The Senate adjourned to the call of the Senate President.  The House is scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday, August 23rd to consider a veto override of SB 1.
The Illinois Senate also considered a handful of other measures during Sunday’s legislative session. The Illinois Senate approved HB 162 (Zalewski/Bush) which extends and revamps the Edge Tax Credit program.  The bill previously passed the House and will now head to the Governor’s desk.
The Illinois Senate approved SB 1446 which requires the state to use the regular procurement process when seeking vendors to administer the Medicaid managed care system. Critics objected to the use of the state’s “purchase of care” process rather than the traditional “procurement” process to select the vendors for the new MCO system.  The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is currently undergoing an RFP process to restructure the State’s Medicaid managed care organization system.  On August 11th, the winning awards were announced.  Awards were granted to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Harmony Health Plan, IlliniCare Health Plan, Meridian Health, and Molina Healthcare of IL (Statewide); CountyCare Health Plan (Cook County Only) and IlliniCare Health Plan (DCFS).  The RFP process is now in the appeals stage.
Legislation was filed in the Illinois House this week to repeal the highly controversial Cook County beverage tax.  HB 4082 (McAullife) and HB 4083 (Mussman) have both been assigned to the House Revenue Committee.  A subject matter hearing for both bills has been scheduled for August 23rd at 9am in Room 118 of the Capital.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607, two bills that enable local officials to consolidate units of local government. Both bills were recommendations from Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti’s Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates and received bipartisan support in the legislature.
The Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) announced the annual application period for the Information Technology Resource Planning (ITRP) Program, which provides for state agencies to secure IT vendors. Vendors interested in participating in the ITRP program may respond via the annual Request for Proposal (RFP) posting (#22041015) on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) website (www.purchase.state.il.us).
Three additional legislators have announced their plans to retire.  Democratic Senator Bill Haine,  Republican Representative Steve Andersson and Republican Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez announced they will not be seeking reelection in 2018.